We had the good fortune of connecting with Collette Dunhill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Collette, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
I know for a fact that you cannot even imagine how society needs my profession. A lot of people think that it is not serious job, that no one really needs it. But this profession is not as easy as you might think. We are on the same row with psychologists as we also control and create emotions. Our appearance, just like our soul, is very important to us. And even for those who strongly deny it. Our appearance creates our image, and through the image we create the first impression. We all well understand that almost always the first impression affects further communication. The first impression can also awaken love at first sight. Most of the time it is the key to a successful career. A pleasant person usually looks more reliable. Therefore, I always try to make everyone who sits in my chair feel irresistible. And there is no miracle in that. You all have this magic inside you, and I am only trying to show it with the help of my makeup brushes. A fresh face, luminous eyes, mix of colors – your charm. That is why I confidently call myself an artist, who helps not only to believe in yourself but also to love everything around.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
If you want to delve into the question why I chose this path and how I became a makeup artist, I would say it is all from my early childhood. As long as I can remember, I’ve been drawing all the time. In the past and up to this day it is still my sort of medicine. I have ability to smell every color, every shadow, every paint. Drawing for me is the way to show my emotions. It doesn’t matter if it is a canvas or somebody’s face. I love everything to be precisely perfect, so I never 100% satisfied with the results. 🙂 But this trait makes me grow. It is my engine and my profession requires such rhythm. At this moment in my life I’m confused about one thing – that almost every person thinks he is a professional makeup artist. Or he is a designer, but apparently cannot see the difference between Couture and Net a Porter. Anyone nowadays can watch a YouTube tutorial, take first cosmetics they have and think they can create a masterpiece. Unfortunately they don’t understand that even without basic knowledge of color differences they will not succeed. After all, our mission is not just to do makeup. Our task, same as sculptor, is to create the best version of a person. Not just to paint, but emphasize the state of the body and soul. I was taught by the best professionals and to this very day I am still learning by creating new looks. To learn this art can take forever. And while difficult, it is very inspiring. So I am glad that I chose this path. Because this is not just my job – this is my life.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
…..Welcome to Lituania…. I was born and raised in a small but very beautiful country, on the shores of the Baltic Sea, in Lithuania. Where are the most beautiful sunsets? Where you can walk through a small Old town, and you can be inspired by his “little greatness.” Where forests every season bloom in incredible colors. It’s all in my soul, and every time I try to find an answer to why I’ve taken this way, I realize that it couldn’t have happened otherwise. So my dream is to pick up my American friends and travel together under my homeland
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I am Collette Dunhill- professional makeup artist. I have extensive experience working not only in Miami, but all over the world. At New York Fashion week, with designers, models, celebrities etc. I have actually come a long way to be where I am now. I’m grateful to my loved ones for my success. They’ve always been there for me. I’m grateful for my genetics, because as long as I can remember I’ve been drawing all the time. And I’m grateful to my parents for allowing me to paint walls in our house. 🙂 I’m so blessed to have a best friend/husband, who was the very first person to believe in me. He was the first one to arrange a meeting for me with the most famous artist in my country. That moment was the beginning of my journey as a makeup artist. Each person who comes into my life brings me either an experience or a new view of life. That’s why I am grateful to everyone.